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- Print Length: 352 pages
- Publication Date: November 10, 2013
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B006RKRKKA
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More About the Author
D. M. Mitchell was born into a small mining community in Yorkshire, England. His career advisor said he had two options - go down the mines or become a policeman. Being scared of the dark and never having much meat on his bones, he declined both and in his early years bounced like a pinball from job to job - warehouses, cinema projectionist, market trader, salesman - you get the picture. He sort of made a success of himself and now lives in a money-pit of a cottage in a tiny village in the cream tea heart of the South West of England.
His first remembered attempt at pushing the boundaries of creative writing was during a school lesson at the age of nine. Titled simply 'Rain' his proud masterpiece began with 'It started to rain' then there followed eight pages of nothing but the words 'pitter-patter', concluding with 'and then it stopped'. It was handed over and duly reviewed by his brick wall of a teacher, whose eyebrows flickered up and down ominously, his cheeks flushing bright red, before declaring it total rubbish. He tore it up into ribbons, showered him with his first, and no doubt only tickertape ceremony, and gave him a meaty slap around the head (they could do that sort of thing in 1967). He made him write 'I will not write stupid things for eight pages' for eight pages. Thus he learnt a number of valuable early lessons - the meaning of irony, writing is very subjective, everyone's a critic, and no-one likes a smart-arse.
He persevered, his first novel appearing in 1986 and disappearing into the attic the same year. It's still up there. Many manuscripts later he used to save the piles of rejection slips to paper his bare walls. So the adage is, keep at it, in these times of economic depression you'll soon have the house fully redecorated. Nowadays, writing is the one thing he feels totally comfortable with, except perhaps for a cup of Horlicks on a cold winter's night when the rain goes pitter-patter against the window panes (there it is again...).
Characterisation is an important and noticeable aspect of all Mitchell's novels. It allows him to be whoever he wants to be when he gets fed up of being himself, which is quite often. So too is a sense of mystery and the exploration of the darker side to humanity. There are always strong elements of a complex puzzle to be solved in a D M Mitchell novel, many disparate parts ultimately coming together, tragedy and comedy sitting side by side. As in life, nothing is as it first seems. He takes a keen interest in history, a thread which runs through his writing, whether it's the 1960s or 1970s, as in 'Max' and 'Pressure Cooker', or the Victorian 1880s, as in 'The House of the Wicked'.
His favourite novelists include Barry Unsworth, Thomas Hardy, John Steinbeck and Graham Swift. Top two favourite historical books: Culloden, by John Prebble and The Face of Battle by John Keegan. He also collects first edition novels and takes a keen interest in anything old, tatty and in need of love and restoration. His wife says he needs to get out more.
He has three grown children and also enjoys photography, painting and walking the Blackdown Hills with his wife and an overly excitable Border Terrier - or is that an overly-excitable wife and a Border Terrier... One of the two.
He'd like to thank his growing legion of fans for allowing him to practice being a writer and sharing in his strange and lurid imaginings.
The story 'Rain' has not yet been made available on Kindle...
Top Customer Reviews
an excellent who done it
I'm proud to say I figured out who did it!
I challenge. all readers to read this novel to see if they to can solve this mystery.
in the style of agatha
Poe Hawthorne and the many pens of Carolyn Keene in. regards to the subject matter set in beautiful England I salute the author!
beautifully written AND highly recommended
There were more layers, more characters, a more complex plot behind it all, and I kept guessing (sometimes right, but by no means all of it) until the very end.
The setting is a small fishing village on the Welsh coast, although we are briefly taken back several times to events in France and England.
The year of the main narrative is 1880, but developments which began centuries before and more recent happenings from 13 years ago are at the base of present events.
When a young painter out of the blue receives an invitation by a friend he has not seen in years to join him at an unknown, tiny village on the Welsh coast to start an artists' colony there, he has no idea what awaits him at Porthgarrow.
As the characters are introduced, it soon looks as if everyone is following a hidden agenda.
But what or who is at the heart of a nearly unsolvable tangle of love, murder, business interests and superstition?
What does it all have to do with the scene on Porthgarrow's cemetery one stormy night 13 years ago?
I found the book intriguing not just on a rather clever "whodunnit" level. It also deals with change:
The fishing industry has always been the village's only real income. New technologies are being introduced, but people in the village stubbornly stick to their old ways.
The richest owner of fisherboats has the next generation ready to take over the family business but refuses to allow any changes, in spite of economic difficulties.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Suspense book that starts you off in a graveyard and then weaves a tale of intrigue complete with superstitious town folk, a macabre pastor who enjoys taking pictures of the dead,... Read morePublished 3 months ago by New Grampa on Training Wheels
I thought I had found a good new author to start reading. Unfortunately, I was wrong. This book like the last one left you shaking your head, that's it, the end??? Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jodi Fackenthal
Made it almost halfway through and was totally uninterested. I can't pinpoint why.. but it did not captivate my attention and it took a lot of willpower to make it as far as I did.Published 9 months ago by Jessica
If you have ever read any of the D.M. Mitchell novels, you will either like them all or you won't like any of them. Read morePublished 13 months ago by md parrothead
I love the era and geographical setting of, the,book. I love a mystery with some twists and this, book delivered.. I would definitely, recommend this, bookPublished 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent read! Lots of twists and turns and a real page-turner. I thoroughly enjoyed this story.Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very good book.completely fooled about who was doing the murders that was A1 .is there a follow up as to what happened to the murderer and familyPublished 14 months ago by marjorie tinglin
My congratulations, Mr. Mitchell on writing a wonderful book. It had a great storyline, lots of twists and turns, believable characters and a fascinating ending. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Thelma L. Burrows
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